FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Diamond Miller scored a game-high 22 points and led Franklin to an impressive 77-48 victory against North Hunterdon Thursday night at Franklin High School.
The victory advances the second-seeded Lady Warriors to the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 state tournament semi-finals against Westfield on Friday at home.
"Our defense sparks our offense when we get steals you automatically see two guards are already taking off because we like to run and push the ball," Franklin Coach Audrey Taylor said. "It makes a big difference when we can make stops on this end and get rebounds. In the second quarter, they were getting second shots, we were just out of sorts, and we had to correct that."
Miller was one of four Lady Warriors with double-digit point totals. Monique Davis-Campbell dropped 19 points, Camille Gray scored 14, and Kennedy Schenck added 11 with two 3-pointers.
The Lady Warriors got off to a fast start ending the first quarter with a 26-12 lead. North Hunterdon battled back in the second quarter at one point going on an 8-0 run that was snapped by Davis with a strong drive up the middle to score.
Going into the half the Lady Warriors were up 37-27.
"We were reaching and weren't communicating right on the screens and being lazy calling switch when we didn't need to switch," Taylor said. " So it was just staying committed to the defense making sure to keep them in front in containment."
The tight defense propelled the Lady Warriors to a commanding lead going into the fourth quarter as they held North Hunterdon to single digit points (eight) and ended the third up 61-35.
The Lady Warriors will host Westfield this Friday at 6 p.m.
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